Color Fiesta with Mexican Yarn Painting!
Le 08 September 2015
About a year ago, I was vacationing at Rancho la Puerta and came in contact with an artist who created large scale art pieces with yarn. The art form is derived from the Huichol people in Mexico and is defined by its bright, bold colors and culturally significant symbols. It was believed that, in creating these works of art, the Huichol people could communicate with the gods and ensure a bountiful harvest. The artist painstakingly pressed individual strands of yarn into a large sheet of beeswax to create these intricately beautiful pieces and it got me thinking: couldn’t we replicate the same process with fun symbols of our own?The answer is YES! I love how, in these pieces, the boldness of the yarn colors is heightened by how tightly packed it is. It seems only fitting to pay tribute to one of the most colorful animals with our first attempt at this art form: the cockatoo! I wanted the ability to throw in some color anywhere in my house, so I opted for a throw pillow as my surface of choice for this project. You can pick up a blank pillowcase at your local craft store. Once you decide on an outline for the object you’ll be “painting,” you can go crazy with as many colors as you want, moving the yarn in different directions as you go-- whatever feels natural! Go with the flow! Once you begin, you may find that the direction you choose to move the yarn is just intuitive. Use the natural texture of the object to help guide you. For example, a bird’s feathers lay a very specific way, so use that information to guide the placement of the yarn.